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9/6/15 3:55 A

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You could even go pescetarian or flexitarian for a while :p
Good luck and stay plant strong! ;)

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Plants do contain all aminos, but they are incomplete proteins in the sense that they dont contain them all in the same amount. You dont have to combine proteins (unless you opt for incredible stomach fullness- proteins are more filling than fiber), but youd bettter eat foods with different aminos throughout the day.
Ive done lots of research and i know pcrm. But i wouldnt gather all my egG replacers in the same basket, if you know what i mean. Cornell offers an online vegan nutrition certificate and im notsure how credible pcrm is. vegan dieticians, which ive met, advise for diverse aminos intake throughout the day, or even at the samemeal for individuals who struggle with binges and weight loss.
Asfor the querant, it really doesnt matter how you do it. You could perhaps go vegetarian fora few months...? I went cold turkey, but i think its easier if you do it step bystep.

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9/5/15 10:28 P

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I went cold turkey and gave all my meat away to the poor.
Different ways work for different people. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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Thanks everyone. There is a lot of conflicting info online. I for sure will have to look into the B12 supplement.

How did people transition to veg/vegan? I am considering cutting out one kind of meat at a time (ie. beef, chicken, pork, fish etc) and going from there.

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I am sorry but the myth of incomplete proteins has been debunked over and over in science. It came from a book written in the 50's. That author even changed the book in its second publishing yet the myth remains. Just Google The myth of incomplete proteins and dozens of sites pop up because: Science!!! Americans overeat protein. It is easy to get on a vegan diet because it is in every food. Just eat a variety of healthy while foods including vegetables, legumes, fruits and whole grains, supplement dB12 and eat enough calories and your protein will be fine. Look up information at a reputable site like Physicians for Responsible Medicine .org. If is connected to Cornell University. They also have info about protein.

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my best recommendation for serious, no-nonsense, well-documented vegan nutrition is to read Virginia Messina's Vegan for Life or Vegan for Her. And maybe Eat to live/ The end of dieting by Fuhrman Joel.
We need more protein than omnivores, not less, because plants mostly contain incomplete proteins. the general rule for omnis is 0.8 g of protein per body weight (in kgs), while the vegan equivalent is 0.9g. Don't fool around with your protein intake, because it's actually protein that's bone protecting and aids in the absorption of calcium.
Messina has a blog (she is a registered vegan dietician), and you can read the basics there, if you're hesitant about buying books.

Then you need 1Tspoon of ground or soaked flaxseed per day, daily sunshine (perhaps even a vit D supplement if you're not getting much) and B12 supplementation, or maybe shots (which are convenient because you only need one every 3-4 months).
And make sure you eat your freggies, especially the green ones. and the orange and yellow ones for optimum vit A intake.

And make sure you avoid caffeinated beverages prior and after eating because it hinders iron absorption. and always take your iron rich foods (legumes, greens etc) with ample vit C to maximize iron absorption.

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Friend me and I will send you some recipes. We eat nutritarian which means every meal is chock-full of good vitamins, minerals, and plenty of protein.

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Men only need about 50 grams of protein a day and women only need 40. Vegans have no issue getting enough so you guys should have no problem at all. Americans eat too much actually...

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If you need any tips let me know! Beans and fortified tofu (make sure soy products are organic as much as possible) are also good for protein.

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Thanks for the response FANCYSIMAGES. There is still chicken/fish in the freezer. I am not sure if my husband would eat it all himself or would want me to help finish it off. If so, I'll do it and than go from there.
I still would eat eggs/cheese/dairy too so I probably won't have to worry about B12 either. I love kale, so good to know about that!

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My fiance and I did pretty much the same thing. We started by cutting out purchasing new meat and eating what we had left in the freezer. We gave ourselves a month. When the month was up, I took what was left (essentially stock and broth) and handed it off to a coworker. I did also meet with my doctor to make sure I knew where to get B12, iron and protein. Since we still eat eggs and cheese, the B12 wasn't an issue. She recommended kale form the iron and protein.

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Just over a year ago I decided to look into the process of where my meals come from. I watched a lot of documentaries. I was very torn about giving up meat, but in the back of my mind I kept thinking I should do it. I don't eat a lot of meat, so when I began to watch another documentary this week (Lucent) I decided I was 100% ready to cut meat out of my diet.

I am wanting to do it healthily and slowly. Any tips? Some easy vegetarian meals?

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